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Barcelona receive approval from UEFA to play in the Champions League next season

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In a huge development, FC Barcelona have been granted approval by UEFA to participate in the Champions League in the 2023/24 season, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The Catalans’ involvement in the upcoming edition of Europe’s premier competition had been cast under some cloud of uncertainty owing to the Negreira case.

Barça had been accused of making payments to the former vice-president of the Referees’ Committee to influence match officials.

The Blaugrana have been firm on their stance that there was nothing illegal about it and that the payments were made for legitimate reports on players and referees, not to influence officials’ decisions.

There has been no evidence found that incriminates the La Liga champions either.

Despite that, UEFA had to look into the matter and assess if there was any wrongdoing and whether sanctions would be necessary.

As such, they have now studied the case and all the documents related to it and have come to the conclusion that Barcelona will not be facing any sanctions.

The club are understood to have received the confirmation from UEFA itself and will be a part of the 2023/24 Champions League, where they will be placed in Pot 1 after winning the La Liga title.

As a result, Barça will avoid the likes of Bayern Munich, PSG, Napoli, Manchester City, Benfica, Feyenoord, and Sevilla in the group stages, with these eight clubs forming Pot 1.

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